29th December, 2003
frog - don't they know it's Christmas?
I've seen it all now!
We have Christmas lights outside up the top of the garden. I was
on the phone to a friend on Boxing Day evening, when waddling by
the window and plop! Into the pond went a frog.
This is Winter, frogs are NOT around - that is, according to the
books. It just goes to prove that frogs cannot read. If they could,
they would know that they are meant to be hibernating. Nature, who
really knows what goes on?
I'm 99% sure we have a female blackcap around. Caught fleeting glances
of her. Of course, as soon as you pick up the binoculars, she disappears.
Last year we had a male bird visiting - so much easier to identify.
He has a pronounced black cap, hence the name. Very exciting, will
be on the look out now. Typical that she appears when I am back
Have had four days to be here in the daylight, but that's how it
goes. Nothing behaves exactly like you read in the books, nothing
looks exactly how it appears in the photographs in the books. you
have to just enjoy things as they visit. I know I do.
enthusiast: Ann in her garden
things into your gardens by putting out food, then the pleasure
you get out of watching will be so very rewarding.
Remember though, that you do sometimes have to look quite deeply
to see what is really there.
Take a jug full of water out of a pond in the summer - it's mind
blowing, especially if you have a magnifying glass. Far more scary
than the best Sci Fi movie.
is Ann's last regular wildlife diary entry, but we she will
be involved in new exciting projects on the BBC Northamptonshire
website in 2004. We'd like to thank Ann for her enthusiasm
over the last 16 months and for her fascinating weekly diaries
charting the ever-changing wildlife in the county. Remember,
you can still read all her articles using the links below.
Diary archive 2002
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